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Weathertight Windows and Doors

HI Has anyone used Weathertight Windows and Doors in Dunedin for retrofitting double glazing? Their website says, " Manufactured in New Zealand using Deceuninck Zendow profile, the worlds leading supplier of UV resistant window and door systems." Any feedback ...
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28 Jun 17 03:23 PM - By DP
28 Jun '17 03:23 PM
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Heat transfer systems

Does anyone have any positive or negative experience of these? There are different systems out there and hard to know which one to choose.
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24 Jun 17 10:06 AM - By goa
24 Jun '17 10:06 AM
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Tankless Electric Hot water heaters (not gas)

Hi there Just wondering if people could recommend some nz suppliers of tankless electric hot water heaters that are not gas powered. Looking into the idea of connecting up to solar pv ...
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23 Jun 17 11:30 PM - By Solar Mike
23 Jun '17 11:30 PM
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Self draw building plans

Hi. Is it possible for me to do my own plans for council? If so where can i find information on this? Thanks
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23 Jun 17 06:39 PM - By Shine
23 Jun '17 06:39 PM
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Hydronic underfloor heating with air-to-water heatpump, Christchurch

Hi all, Can anyone offer advice with regard to this, as well as your experiences with install and running costs? Planning a 180m2 single-storey build in Christchurch and I really like the idea of an efficient central heating system to keep the ...
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22 Jun 17 03:54 PM - By JR1
22 Jun '17 03:54 PM
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Is there a practical way to beef up airtightness & insulation in a stick & fluff build?

If it turns out I can't build with SIPS, are there ways to improve a standard stick and fluff building envelope? For example: thicker studs and thicker fluff, insulated slab, thermally broken windows... Wouldn't these factors alone improve the buildings performance ...
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22 Jun 17 03:15 PM - By JR1
22 Jun '17 03:15 PM
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Wood gasification boiler

Is there anyone in this forum who is using an ATTACK wood gasification boiler for the central heating and warm water? Central Heating NZ in CHCH is the agent for this brand and it is made in Slovakia. We ...
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21 Jun 17 10:03 AM - By Dys
21 Jun '17 10:03 AM
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shipping container designer

I need a recommendations for a designer/architect who is good with and has worked on container home design . area kapiti coast
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19 Jun 17 10:31 AM - By Brendon
19 Jun '17 10:31 AM
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Ductless ventilation systems

Kia ora, We're getting all the external wall of our house insulated and re-gibbed. As part of this job, we're also wanting to install a ventilation system. Because our house has no roof cavity, I'm looking at two products which draw ...
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18 Jun 17 10:30 PM - By tobias kraus
18 Jun '17 10:30 PM
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Attic space and vilax window

Hello Can someone advise if i need any city council permission if i want to convert attic space to a small room ? Do i need any paper for install vilax window? If yes how much it will cost and what paper.Huge ...
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15 Jun 17 10:06 PM - By ap127
15 Jun '17 10:06 PM
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Hard maths on solar gain

Calculating solar gain
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06 Jun 17 09:34 PM - By CharlotteB
06 Jun '17 09:34 PM
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Euro Plumbing Hamilton?

I need to get some plumbing work done at my place. What's the say with Euro Plumbing in Hamilton? They seem to be growing fast in Auckland, what's the Hamilton division like? Be good to hear from someone who's dealt ...
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06 Jun 17 09:22 AM - By AJ3000
06 Jun '17 09:22 AM
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How to beef up airtightness & insulation of stick & fluff build

If it turns out I can't build with SIPS, are there ways to improve a standard stick and fluff building envelope? Eh thicker studs and fluff, insulated slab, thermally broken windows... Wouldn't these factors alone improve the buildings performance without adding ...
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04 Jun 17 08:10 PM - By Tim 4 Prez
04 Jun '17 08:10 PM
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SIP & CLT - importing vs using NZ products

Hi all. I've started planning our first build. I'm learning a lot through my dad, who is an architect who has been building passive houses back home. However, he can't help me much with this one: does anyone here have ...
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07 Jun 17 09:27 AM - By tobias kraus
07 Jun '17 09:27 AM
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Anybody use these guys?

Came across these guys, not sure if they are new or what but they seem to offer a complete new home building service. We are looking at building a new house so this could be quite useful. Anyone have experience with ...
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31 May 17 12:35 PM - By Davidmarkeynz
31 May '17 12:35 PM
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Azzuro Solar Hot Water Systems

In March 2007 we had to replace our aging hot water cylinder and decided to take the opportunity to install a solar hot water system. After exploring the options, we followed the path to install an Azzuro system with ...
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26 May 17 12:01 PM - By Sunz
26 May '17 12:01 PM
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Wetback and Solar Problems

I have an Edwards LX305 solar system and a Pyroclassic fire with their Hotflow wetback system. The Edwards LX305 solar system runs well. We had good hot water over summer. Unfortunately, the Hotflow wetback on the Pyroclassic has not really worked. ...
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23 May 17 09:36 PM - By Isky27
23 May '17 09:36 PM
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Magroc, designs, costs

Hi We are looking a building new home with magroc external walls and roof. We have a house plan in mind as we've walked through a home with the layout. We don't want to spend a lot of money before getting ...
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23 May 17 05:39 PM - By Abhi
23 May '17 05:39 PM
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CLT & other structural products supplied by Welhaus's Welstructural Service

I wondered if it might provide a useful and appropriate as the NZ owned commercial importer, refitter, treater, pre-paneliser and installer of CLT, Sustainable SIP's, Closed Timber Frame Panels and Glulam, via our Welstructural Service, to get some feedback and ...
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21 May 17 08:45 PM - By
21 May '17 08:45 PM
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CLT Cross Laminated Timber panels by XLam

Hi, I was watching an old episode of Grand Designs the other day and saw a house built with cross laminated timber (CLT) panels that got me interested, then just read today about a house on Waiheke constructed using them. I ...
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21 May 17 05:20 PM - By
21 May '17 05:20 PM
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Natural Flow Systems, any experiences good or bad?

We are relocating a house onto a 5 acre section and need to get a septic system fitted. We want to be as sustainable as possible so definately don't want a powered system, and ideally want to our grey water ...
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21 May 17 10:13 AM - By Fuzzell
21 May '17 10:13 AM
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Situation for owner builder when using CodeMark building products which stipulate LBP installation?

Hi, I'm intending to build a sleep-out on my Wellington section which unfortunately needs to be building consented as will be within 1M of the neighbours boundary (but below shade-plane so no Resource consent). I'm looking at cladding materials and some ...
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18 May 17 08:57 AM - By Dys
18 May '17 08:57 AM
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Blowing Vermiculite into cavity to insulate

I built the house 30 years ago as a passive solar design, so it has 150 mm wall studs and rafters, originally insulated with R3.2 pink batts all around. The exterior is redwood board and batten or river stone, over ...
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16 May 17 07:05 PM - By WB
16 May '17 07:05 PM
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Double glazing on early 1900 house

Our house has minimal insulation, we're planning to renovate, but probably won't be taking off all the walls. I was told that it would be a costly exercise to insulate the walls, so what about double glazing windows on ...
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09 May 17 01:04 PM - By tobias kraus
09 May '17 01:04 PM
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double glazing

Hi there I live in a Fraemohs (like lockwood) wooden interlocking house in the Christchurch Port Hills (so not as cold as most of CHCH in winter). Our 120m2 house has 6 ranch slider doors and a total of 8 external doors! ...
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07 May 17 11:19 PM - By tobias kraus
07 May '17 11:19 PM
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